Scott Hardie | January 30, 2004
Of the find-your-candidate web sites, this one so far strikes me as the best, especially since Project Vote-Smart is perpetually off the ball. (Thanks to Matt for the link.) Share your results with us if you'd like. I am trying to avoid further classification of TC authors by political affiliations, something we have too much of already, but I'll make an exception for this.

My results: Any Green Party candidate scored 64%, and Al Sharpton scored 63%, probably because I said that minority issues were of high importance to me. Of the other Democratic candidates, they ranged from Clark at 58% down to that asshole Lieberman at 27%. I'm with Bush 36% of the time. I suspect that my results would be different (with Howard Dean ranked higher) if the single most important issue to me, the legalization of gay marriage, were included in the poll.

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Socialist Candidate (66%)
3. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (57%) (Oh god how I wish he had a chance. I like him a lot.)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (56%) (huh?)
5. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (51%) (Don't like him anymore.)
6. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (51%) (Too military for me, and he's said some things I don't like)
7. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (45%) (Starting to like Kerry a bit - he doesn't seem that bad. Jesse doesn't like him cause he's from out east and knows more about him, which concerns me.)
8. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (45%)
9. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (43%)
10. Libertarian Candidate (38%)
11. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (25%)
12. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (25%)
13. Bush, President George W. - Republican (23%)

I think it's funny that Bush was last. I've taken this test before and the results were the same.

Mike Eberhart | January 30, 2004
Ok, I took the Vote-smart quiz. Here are my results:

President Bush scored 74%, followed by Joe Lieberman with 48%, then John Kerry with 46%, John Edwards is 44%, next is any Libertarian candidate with 39%, finally, Howard Dean at 34%. Also, as a side-note, Wesley Clark came in at 18%.

As this poll nailed my pick for Bush, I do have to disagree with Lieberman as my second choice. I wouldn't ever vote for him. If I wasn't going to vote for Bush, and I had to pick a democrat, I would probably rank them like this: Edwards, Kerry, Dean, Clark, and then whoever else. But since I don't have to vote for any of them, it doesn't matter.

Go Bush!!!!!!!!!

Jackie Mason | January 30, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
Also!

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
That last one said my 100% was Kucinich, and 96% was Kerry. It seems a bit more in-depth, and includes the gay marriage issue.

Scott Hardie | January 30, 2004
Sharpton again for me on that one. It's the social issues. He's the only one that strongly opposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Scott Hardie | January 30, 2004
Thanks Anna, btw.

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
And that's just sad.

Mike Eberhart | January 30, 2004
I don't think that's sad... I strongly agree with that...

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
I think it's sad that he's the only one to strongly oppose the constitutional ban on gay marriages. It would be legislating prejudice into the Constitution. I'd like to think that we've come farther than that as a country.

Scott Hardie | January 30, 2004
Too many people support the ban, either strongly or somewhat, for real politicians to come out too strongly against it. Sharpton's campaign has been symbolic from the beginning, so he takes such stands without consequence. If Sharpton were genuinely campaigning for office, and he was within range of winning, I wonder where he would stand then. That's one reason why I'm attracted to Dean on the matter, because he has supported real legislation on the matter, instead of just stating opinions. (That's unfair to Sharpton, who has never held elected office, but who's counting?)

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
True enough, actions speak louder than words. I wish things were better, but I firmly believe it's a losing battle for the opposition - we will see gay marriages well within our lifetime.

Anna Gregoline | January 30, 2004
I only hope we see a woman president in our lifetimes. That I'm not as sure about.

Jackie Mason | January 30, 2004
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Steve Dunn | January 31, 2004
Wow, mine said Lieberman, Sharpton, Bush, Clark, Kucinich, Kerry, Dean, Edwards.

Huh.

I'll probably just vote for the Libertarian again, anyway.

Erik Bates | January 31, 2004
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Kris Weberg | February 3, 2004
And coming as no surprise to anyone who's read my posts....

1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Socialist Candidate (82%)
3. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (77%)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (77%)
5. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (75%)
6. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (75%)
7. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (65%)
8. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (64%)
9. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (42%)
10. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (37%)
11. Libertarian Candidate (30%)
12. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (15%)
13. Bush, President George W. - Republican (7%)

Lori Lancaster | February 4, 2004
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Scott Hardie | February 4, 2004
Huh. No offense by misunderstanding you, Lori, but I had always thought you were conservative. I guess it's because you were raised Catholic and expressed traditional opinions about marriage, abortion, etc. I apologize about that.

(And here I was counting you on TC's conservative side... Oops. I'm not supposed to mention that.)

Lori Lancaster | February 4, 2004
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Scott Hardie | February 5, 2004
Good memories... I remember a lot of that.

Lori Lancaster | February 5, 2004
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Scott Hardie | February 5, 2004
Oh, I thought it was rhetorical... I don't know, I guess what I said already, that you have traditional views on marriage and abortion, and the death penalty. Looking back on your TC comments in general, I see they're mostly liberal or neutral. I don't know how I became mistaken.

No opinion. You were doing your thing. My own church experiences have been mostly negative, but I know it's not that way for most people and I'm glad for them in a vicarious way.

Lori Lancaster | February 6, 2004
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